Vagner Rocha, Luke Griffith, Helena Crevar to compete at Karate Combat’s Pit Submission Series

Karate Combat is set to introduce its Pit Submission Series this Friday, featuring a several elite submission grapplers.

The professional striking promotion Karate Combat is entering the world of submission grappling.

This Friday, January 26, at Karate Combat Kickback 1, the organization will hold its first three Pit Submission Series matches and is bringing in top grappling talent.

Check out the current lineup of matches below.

New Wave’s Luke Griffith enjoyed has enjoyed an incredibly dominant run at the brown belt ranks in the IBJJF, winning every major no-gi tournament he’s entered at the rank. He is likely to hold a significant size advantage over the seasoned Vagner Rocha, who has seen the ADCC podium three times over the course of his lengthy career.

Griffith’s New Wave teammate, “Big” Dan Manasoiu is one of the most talented rising heavyweights in the sport, having twice won gold at the ADCC Trials. He will put his well-rounded game to the test against the veteran black belt Max Gimenis.

In the first match of the evening, teenage phenom Helena Crevar will take on Daisy Fresh product Caitlin Murdock.

About the Pit Submission Series

Hosted by legendary BJJ competitors Paulo and Joao Miyao, Karate Combat’s Pit Submission Series matches will take place in the organization’s unique fighting space that features an inclined surface around the edge of the four-sided area. While the “pit” tends to promote action in striking bouts, it has yet to be seen how this could impact grappling matches.

The matches will be conducted under a submission-only ruleset.

Paulo Miyao posted about the event on Instagram.

How to watch: Pit Submission Series takes place at Karate Combat Kickback 1 on Friday, January 26, and will air live on YouTube beginning at 7 PM ET.

Ben Coate

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